At least 400 victims of the Solai dam tragedy in Nakuru have written to the directors of the Patel farm requesting for an out-of-court settlement over the matter.
Through their lawyers, Gordon Ogola & Kipkoech company Advocates, the victims have written individual demand letters to the Patel firm directors asking him to agree to an out-of-court settlement process that will culminate in the compensation of at least 400 victims affected by the tragedy.
In total, the victims are demanding KES 500 million compensation from the Patel’s which they argue will cater for the lives, property, businesses and land lost as well as injuries suffered during the tragedy.
Addressing the media in Nakuru, the victims’ lawyer Bernard Kipkoech said they have given Patel firm directors seven days to file a response to the demand letters failure to which they will be compelled to file a civil case in court demanding compensation for the victims.
According to Kipkoech, the process will involve valuation of the total loss incurred by the victims as a result of the tragedy before arriving at the actual amount to be compensated per victim.
Lawyer Kipkoech has been leading a team of lawyers and investigators who have for the past two months been gathering evidence to support their petition.
Kabazi ward MCA Dr. Peter Mbae said that the victims are trying to avoid the tiring court process and are ready to sit down and talk with Patel with the aim of sorting out the issue of compensation once and for all.
On 9th May, the Patel dam broke its banks and swept away the entire Nyakinyua and Energy villages killing 48 people.